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THUNDER'S T)EATH SONG
taking time to sleep, showed that they did not
think that any one could overtake them on the
slower type of Shuswap shoe.
Living off the pemmican which we carried, we
travelled on comfortably in the rear of our pursu-
ing warriors. We were faring well, but our dogs
were beginning to suffer. Under the strain of
their heavy loads they were beginning to pass
blood,, and their feet were so cut and bleeding
from the icy crust over the snow that we had to
stop and make 'moccasins' for them. Our women
took square pieces of buckskin and filled them
with buffalo hair and tied them over their feet.
When they were all Cshod35 the dogs looked as if
they were wearing boxing-gloves on their feet.
Although our dogs were more than half wolf—
big fellows as large as a two-year-old calf—they
taught me something about dogs that day which
I never knew before, something that has stuck
with me all these years and given me a profound
outlook of kindliness on these unfortunate crea-
tures. I never knew before that the dog had a
sympathetic nature, nor that he had a sense of
gratitude which was more unselfish than that
possessed by most human beings.
One of our dogs was undersized because he had
less of the timber-wolf in him than the rest. His
wild blood was that of the small coyote, and his
mother had been a grey mongrel. Because of